MINNEAPOLIS – Officials in charge of an investigation into the shooting death of Jamar Clark said today that no video would be released as the investigation continues, despite pleas from members Black Lives Matter and other activists who have demonstrated for several days and even shut down a freeway.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota, Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and FBI Minneapolis Division are conducting an independent investigation into whether the death of Jamar Clark violated any federal criminal statutes. As is our practice in conducting investigations into allegations of constitutional violations committed under color of law, experienced federal prosecutors and FBI agents are conducting a thorough review of all evidence in this case. That includes interviewing relevant witnesses, reviewing relevant information, and pursuing leads. We are doing so in a manner that ensures the integrity of the investigation and the reliability of the information obtained.
“Release of any evidence, including any video, during an ongoing investigation would be extremely detrimental to the investigation. We are conducting our investigation in a fair, thorough, and expeditious manner.”
Saturday, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis (BLM) claimed to have “uncovered video of Jamar Clark moments after he was shot in the head by Minneapolis Police… you can see Jamar’s body appears to be lifeless on the ground with his hands in handcuffs, just as numerous witnesses have reported from day one.”
Police say Clark had beaten his girlfriend and had interfered with police and paramedics who arrived on the scene on November 15 during a domestic dispute. Some say he was handcuffed at the time he was shot, which has led BLM to protest police and city officials.
Also Saturday, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton called for calm, reiterated that no video recording could be released, and asked for a special session of the Minnesota legislature to address “racial disparities” in North Minneapolis.